Saturday, April 14, 2012

Vepampoo(Neem flower) Pachadi

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Tamil New Year’s day is celebrated in accordance with the solar calendar and is celebrated by preparing  many festive treats.  Vepampoo(Neem flower) Pachadi is a mandatory dish prepared on the Tamil New Year's day in our house hold. This is made with neem flowers which have a bitter taste and the addition of tamarind juice, jaggery, green chili, salt to this dish gives it a bitter, sweet, sour, salt and spicy taste depicting the different tastes life has to offer in one’s life.   Interesting right ? One has to get acquired to taste of this dish in order to enjoy this unique dish .

Preparation Time – 10 Minutes

Cooking Time – 15 Minutes

Serves – 4


Vepampoo (Neem flower) – 3/4 Cup

Tamarind – Gooseberry sized ball

Water – 2 1/2 Cups

Salt – 1 Tsp

Green chili – 2 to 4( I used just two as the green chili I bought were super spicy)

Jaggery – 1/3 Cup( I used palm jaggery which is low on glycemic index and on the dark brown black color)

Rice flour – 1 Tsp

Oil – 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 Tsp


1) Soak the tamarind in 1/2 Cup of warm water for 30 minutes and squeeze out the pulp at least 3 times adding 1/2 Cup of water each time and set it aside.

2) Heat a pan and add 1 Tbsp of oil and then add the neem flowers and fry till they are well roasted and are brown in color and crispy and keep the neem flowers aside.

3) Now add the remaining oil and once it is hot add the mustard seeds. After they stop spluttering add the asafoetida piece and green chilies and then add the tamarind juice and boil for 7-10 minutes till the raw smell of the tamarind is gone.

4) Add 3/4 Cup of water to palm jaggery and simultaneously simmer on low heat till the jaggery disolves, once it is completely dissolved pass the liquid through a strainer and add this to the boiling tamarind mixture. In the remaining water, dissolve the rice flour and add the rice flour paste to the mixture and simmer for 2 minutes and switch off.

5) Before you serve crush the roasted neem flowers and add it to the spicy sweet tangy mixture combine and serve immediately.

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Archana said...

This is something that I have come to hear of only recently. Looks good. Does it not taste bitter at all?

Ramya said...

What a flavorful rasam! Yummy!

Vimitha Anand said...

Nice healthy dish...

Swathi Iyer said...

Veampoo pachadi looks awesome. I need to find dried Neem flower.

maha said...

wow..luks yum......sounds good.

Hema said...

Happy New Year, very healthy..

Srimathi said...

Thank you for sharing the recipe. Because not many people know how to make it

Julie said...

Unique flavorful pachadi..never tasted this Sadhana!

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Prathibha said...

Happy new year wid a healthy start

Rasi said...

i haven't heard of this pachidi.. we do manga pachidi! new & healthy one.. happy new year :)

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faseela said...

that is new to me....a healthy version...

Now Serving said...

What an aromatic and healthful pachadi - looks DELICIOUS

Cilantro said...

Love the pachadi, Amma makes it a little different but I should try your recipe soon.
Wish you & your family a very happy new year!

Spice up the Curry said...

this looks delicious

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

that is one ingredient i have never cooked... sounds and looks so nice

Gayathri Anand said...

This is something new to me ..have done with mango + neem flower ...this is too healthy recipe

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